Game 50: Shark Bait, Hoo Ha Ha

The Rangers, winners of three in ten and zero of of their last three, are now in San Jose to cap off their brutal Pacific Coast trip. There’s been a ton of mediocre play, and that’s putting it lightly. Luckily for the Blueshirts, they’ve caught San Jose without Joe Thornton, so their vaunted forward group took a major hit.

When it comes to playoff hopes, the Blueshirts are already on the outside looking in, as the Penguins roared back into the playoffs with a huge PDO correction that is currently ongoing. They have a game in hand on the Pens, but are two points behind them. The rest of the teams in the playoffs all have games in hand on the Blueshirts. It’s not looking good, if you were hoping for a miracle run. If you’re hoping for selling, then perhaps you’re getting your wish. I’m hoping for selling, but I can’t root against my team.

Sharks Systems

Pete DeBoer is has the Sharks playing a 1-2-2 forecheck which they would use aggressively in the offensive zone or passively in the neutral zone as a trap depending on game situation. In the defensive zone, Deboer uses a hybrid overload/zone defensive system depending on whether the puck is along the boards or at mid-ice. On special teams, the DeBoer goes with an umbrella/1-3-1 power play and a  box/diamond penalty kill.

For more on these systems, check out our Hockey Systems page.

Sharks Lines

Timo Meier-Joe Pavelski-Mikkel Boedker
Tomas Hertl-Logan Couture-Kevin Lablanc
Melker Karlsson-Chris Tierney-Joonas Donskoi
Marcus Sorensen-Barclay Goodrow-Joel Ward

Joakim Ryan-Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic-Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon-Dylan Demelo

PP1: Couture-Pavelski-Donskoi-Hertl-Burns
PP2: Meier-Lebanc-Tierney-Boedker-Vlasic

Aaron Dell gets the start.

Rangers Lines

Rick NashMika ZibanejadPavel Buchnevich
Mats ZuccarelloJT MillerVinny Lettieri
Jimmy VeseyDavid DesharnaisPaul Carey
Michael GrabnerPeter HollandJesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh–Nick Holden
Brady SkjeiBrendan Smith
Marc StaalTony DeAngelo

PP1: Nash-Zuccarello-Buchnevich-Zibanejad-McDonagh
PP2: Vesey-Miller-Desharnais-Skjei-DeAngelo

Ondrej Pavelec gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Chris Kreider (blood clot), Kevin Shattenkirk (knee),  Steven Kampfer (healthy), Kevin Hayes (contusion), Cody McLead (probably hasn’t arrived yet)

Crazy Prediction: A shift to focusing on introducing quantity of shots into the system.

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7 thoughts on “Game 50: Shark Bait, Hoo Ha Ha

  • Jan 25, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Crazy Prediction: A shift to focusing on introducing quantity of shots into the system.

    Realistic prediction: Hertl dekes another Ranger netminder into retirement.

  • Jan 25, 2018 at 9:04 pm
  • Jan 25, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    PIT with a sizeable advantage in ROWs too.

    Rangers have been just playing poorly. Even before the injuries. The only reason this team has even reached the lofty description of “mediocre” is because of its netminders. Otherwise they’d be in the basement and eyeing a top 5 pick this summer.

  • Jan 25, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Crazy prediction…JT Bounces back, Delangelo get a PP goal and the Rangers beat the Sharks.

    • Jan 26, 2018 at 1:27 am

      You are 2 for 3 Bloomer. Not pretty but I’ll gladly take the W. Nice to see the Captain finally pot not one but two.

  • Jan 26, 2018 at 6:05 am

    Wins only encourage Ranger management.

    The mediocrity continuesssssssssssss….

  • Jan 26, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Stop with the negative waves, already. Just Hayes back in the line up, what a difference. Zib is rebounding from concussion, Nash is being the beast he is, Miller too good to let a benching mess with him.. If Kreider ever comes back healthy, Blueshirts can go deep with their proven goal tending. I would stay away from the ledge.

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